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Adair County, Kentucky

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Welcome To South Central, KY.

Adair County

Adair the 44th of Kentucky's 120 counties, created from Green County on December 11, 1801 and named for General John Adair (1757-1840) a native of South Carolinian who fought at the battle of the Thames during the Revolutionary War. It is located in the eastern Pennyrile region and western Appalachian areas of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 585 to 1120 feet above
sea level. This county runs along the Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail, of beautiful rolling hills.
The main waterway is the Green River and its tributaries Casey, Russell and other Creeks. The Green River Lake has much of its impoundment in Adair County. Adair County is about 25 miles from Lake Cumberland and about 35 miles from Dale Hollow Reservoir.

Adair County's Historic Communities and Post Offices. Listed north to south of the county:
Casey Creek, Wethington, Barnett, Hovious, Knifley, Blair Ridge, Homes, White Oak Creek, Robinson, Dulworth, Pellyton, Mt. Carmel, Watson, Neatsville, Little Cake, Eunice, Coburg, Beech Top, Mt. Pleasant, Absher, Christine, Purdy, Ella, Miller Field, Smith Chapel, Cane Valley, Homes School, Hatcher, Pollard's Chapel, Cyclone, Butler's Branch, Bull Run, Vester, Oak Grove, McGaha, Goodin Store, White School, Sano,  Kemp, Portland, Milltown, Browning Chapel, Rocky Hill, *COLUMBIA, 206, Garlin, Concord, Craycraft, Bryant, Gentry's Mill, Pickett, Pelham Branch, Dunbar, Ozark, Moor Store, Roy, Keltner, Tarter's Chapel, Gradyville, Bliss, Jones Chapel, Hunter, Tabor, Zion, Joppa, White Oak Church, Basil, Flatwoods, Gadberry, Montpelier, Price's Creek, Weed, Sparksville, Antioch, Fairplay, Glens Fork, Nell, Toria, Firkin, Bird, Dirigo, Rowe's Store, Walnut Grove, Gum Grove, Simpson Ridge, Chance,  Crocus, Chestnut Grove, Breeding, Estes, Picnic, Inroad, Cundiff, and Low Gap.
*Columbia, became the county seat in 1802.

The Adjacent Counties of Adair are: Casey County, Cumberland County, Green County, Metcalfe County, Russell County & Taylor County.

In 1990, the county population was 15,360 in a land area of 406 square miles, an average of 37.8 people per square mile.

Noted Residents Included:
Thomas Bramlet, Governor of KY, Colonel Frank Lane Wolford, James R. Hindman (Lt. Gov), Colonel William Casey (great-grandfather of Samuel Clemens,"Mark Twain."), Jane Lampton Clemens (mother of "Mark Twain."), Edgar Allen Diddle, author Janice Holt Giles.

Civil War In Adair County
The Battle of Gradyville, a minor skirmish was fought in Adair County during the Civil War of 1861.
John Hunt Morgan,s Christmas Raid of 1862-63.

Some Columbia Historic Points Of Interest:

Adair County Courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places.

Adair County Courthouse ** (added 1974 - Building - #74000847)
500 Public Sq., Columbia
Historic Significance:  Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer:  Judson,William Henry, McDonald Brothers
Architectural Style:  Gothic
Area of Significance:  Architecture
Period of Significance:  1875-1899
Owner:  Local Gov't
Historic Function:  Government
Historic Sub-function:  Courthouse
Current Function:  Government
Current Sub-function:  Courthouse

The town was laid out by Daniel Trabue. Its first courthouse was builted in 1806.
The Bank of Columbia.
Benjamin Lampton House
The Creel House
The John Field House.
The Dr. Nathan Gaither House
Lindsey Wilson Collage.
Little Red Brick School

More About The History Of Adair County...

Adair County History from the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer. This  article and other Historic links are on The Wilson and Allied Families Web Site.

Adair County History from the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer.

Historic Homes of Columbia, Kentucky.

Old Settler's Barn, Thought to be the oldest barn in Kentucky.

Historic Sparksville, Kentucky

Adair County Cemeteries

Adair County Cemeteries On The Adair County Web Site.

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Other Adair County Links...

The Adair County Genealogy Society

Adair County Web Site at

Wilson and Allied Families of Adair County

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